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Memorial Gardens’ perennial sale for green thumbs of all expertise


Stargazer lilies like these will be among the plants and flowers for sale at the Memorial Gardens Saturday.

By Correne Martin

The 10th annual St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens perennial plant sale will be Saturday, May 13, from 8 a.m. to noon in the gardens themselves. Come alone, with your friends, families or club members—green thumbs or not—and see what local gardeners have for sale that fascinates you.

This year, the plant sale will be held in conjunction with the Journey Through Time historical open house. It’s also just in time for Mother’s Day, so come early to get your favorites.

Children will have the opportunity to make a free Mother’s Day plantings for their family matriarchs.

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Relay supporters kickin’ cancer, one dance at a time


The third annual Dancing With the Cancer Kickin’ Hawkettes broke a fundraising record by collecting over $14,800 toward the Great River Relay For Life. This year’s male dancers included (back row, from left) Jason Licht, Matt Olson, Gary Wynos, John Kurt, Josh Smelzer, Pete Pazour, Mike Moret, Josh Gerrity and Joe Morovits. Their Prairie du Chien Hawkettes partners (seated in front of them) are Katie Licht, Morgan Kiesau, Paige Severson, Kara Katzung, Kina Myers, Caitlin Nolan, Lauren Kennedy, Archi Patel and Katie Zahara. (Photo by Shelly Rider)

By Correne Martin

Dancing with the Cancer Kickin’ Hawkettes has been an enthusiastic fundraising addition these past few years for the predominant Great River Relay For Life in Prairie du Chien. In its third year, the high school Hawkettes dance squad members were paired up with local gentlemen to demonstrate their dance moves in the name of cancer awareness and research, April 19, at the Dousman House. This year, over $14,800 was raised. For each dollar given, a vote was cast for a dancing duo. In addition, money was raised through dinner tickets and other generous donations.

Of the nine couples who competed, there were two sets of winners on the night. The People’s Choice trophies were awarded to Pete Pazour and Caitlin Nolan. The judges—Ken Stoeffler, Cindy Hertrampf, Lynn Rider and 2016 winner Michael Rogge—chose Josh Smelzer and Kina Myers as the Judges’ Choice standouts.

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May

‘Kickapoo Kids’ to gather in Wauzeka to celebrate accomplishments


The ‘Kickapoo Kids’ defied the odds, winning the state championship in baseball in the early 1950s. Some of them will be at Wauzeka-Steuben Schools May 24 to celebrate their accomplishments and talk about the book in their honor.

Many people know of the movie “Hoosiers,” which tells the story of a small-town basketball team in Indiana that won a state championship. In Wisconsin, there’s a similar group who defied the odds, called the “Kickapoo Kids.”
Author Paul Lagan wrote a book called, “The Amazing Journey of the Kickapoo Kids” that documents the Gays Mills’ baseball success.

On Wednesday, May 24, at 1 p.m., Lagan and several members of the Gays Mills High School baseball teams from the early 1950s will gather at Wauzeka-Steuben Schools to celebrate their accomplishments. Lagan will have books for sale and be autographing them that day.

Gays Mills made the WIAA state tournament three out of four years in the early 1950s. What makes it all the more impressive is they did it before there were divisions in high school sports. So these small school ball players were beating schools much bigger in size.

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May

Kevin Jay Starkey

 

Kevin Jay Starkey, 57, passed away at home in Boscobel surrounded by family, on Saturday, May 6, after a short battle with lung cancer.

 

Kevin was born on Dec. 10, 1959, in Cresco, Iowa, to Garland and Elvira (Lee) Starkey. He was raised and spent most of his time in and around the Mt. Sterling area. He graduated from Seneca High School and later attended Southwest Technical College in Fennimore. Kevin loved spending time with his family, and especially his daughter Breanna. He was an avid Packers and Badger fan who enjoyed watching football with his family and friends.

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Lyle J. Marfilius

 

Lyle J. Marfilius, 86, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on his 63rd wedding anniversary May 5, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital. 

 

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JoAnn Shea

 

JoAnn Shea, 76, of Belleair Bluffs, and formerly of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, April 28, after a five month battle with lung cancer, at The Willows Care and Rehab Center in Madison.

 

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Velda June “Junie” DuCharme

Velda June “Junie” DuCharme, 78, of Eastman, passed away on May 2, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse due to complications following surgery. 

 

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Beverly A. Slaughter

Beverly A. Slaughter, 75, of McGregor, passed away Wednesday, May 3, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien. 

 

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Library book discussion will consider proposal of more cooperation among rural cities


Author Robert Wolf will discuss his book, ”Building the Agricultural City: A Handbook for Rural Renewal,” tonight (May 3) at 6:30 p.m. at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library.

The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library will host a talk and discussion on Robert Wolf’s new book,”Building the Agricultural City: A Handbook for Rural Renewal,” on May 3 at 6:30 p.m.

“Building the Agricultural City” is a call for collaborative rural economic development, addressed primarily to residents of the Driftless Region. Wolf’s proposal calls for cooperation between cities and across county and state lines.

If, instead of seeing themselves as separate entities, the towns and cities within a three- or four-county area saw themselves as neighborhoods within a larger unit, they would form what Wolf calls an “agricultural city.” Clustering in this manner would encourage cooperative economic development.

“We will continue to be hammered by the global economy,” Wolf said, “if we can’t put aside rivalries and work to build a cooperative, more self-sufficient economy.

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River Ridge School Addition


The walls of the addition behind the River Ridge School building continued to go up Tuesday morning. The addition will house eight classrooms and a gymnasium. The gymnasium is designed mostly for middle school students. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Walls going up on 

River Ridge addition

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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